Women’s Volleyball Welcomes Transfer Mamie Keith Garard

Women's Volleyball Welcomes Transfer Mamie Keith Garard

Ball State women’s volleyball is excited to welcome graduate transfer Mamie Keith Garard to the program according to head coach Kelli Miller Phillips.

Garard joins the Cardinals after spending the last three seasons at San José State University as a setter for the Spartans. In the 2020-21 shortened season, Garard played in 29 sets over eight matches, dishing out 106 assists and averaging 1.41 digs per set. She will have two years of eligibility left at Ball State.

“We are excited to welcome Mamie to the Cardinal squad,” Phillips exclaimed! “She is an experienced setter that will bring a very competitive energy to Worthen Arena. She works hard, throws her body around on defense and locates the ball well to her hitters. She will add depth and fire to our roster and I look forward to getting to work with her in the fall!”

In her three seasons at SJSU, Garard played in 61 of a possible 71 matches, seeing action in 228 of a possible 274 sets. Serving as one of two setters in a mainly 6-2 system, Garard was credited with 1,334 career assists for a 5.85 assists-per-set average. She also corralled 419 total digs, scored 63 kills, served up 32 aces and tallied 24 total blocks.

In her first season with the Spartans in 2018, Garard saw action in all 27 matches, playing in 103 sets. She averaged 5.92 assists and 1.80 digs per set. Garard dished a career-high 53 assists against Utah State (Sept. 27), one of nine matches in which she handed out at least 25 assists. She finished the year with 610 assists, including double-figure assists in all 27 matches. She also tallied three assist/dig double-doubles and collected a season-high 13 digs versus North Florida (Sept. 14)

Garard put up similar numbers in year two with the Spartans, playing in 94 sets across 25 matches in 2019. She averaged 6.55 assists and 2.05 digs per set, tying her career-high with 53 assists in a five-set win over Nevada (Nov. 5). She reached double-figure assists in 23 matches, while tallying double-digit digs six times for six more assist/did double-doubles. She registered a career-high 17 digs at Santa Clara (Sept. 12).

Garard was not only a leader on the court, but in the classroom at San Jose State. She enrolled early at the university in January of 2018 and was named a 2018 Academic All-Mountain West honoree. This spring, she was honored at the 2021 Women’s Scholar Athlete celebration and named a Dean’s Scholar, meaning she earned a grade-point average at or above 3.65 over the academic year.

Playing for the Cardinals will be a homecoming for Garard, as she is a Noblesville, Indiana, native and played for the Munciana Volleyball Club. She graduated from Zionsville High School in 2018 where she was a two-time All-State honoree, three-time All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference selection, two-time North All-Star team selection, first-team All-District selection, and 2017 Andi Collins Award Finalist.

She was also a three-time recipient of the Zionsville Volleyball Leadership Award. Garard collected over 3,000 career assists at Zionsville and guided her team to a sectional championship in 2017.

Garard graduated from San Jose State this spring with a degree in radio, television and film. She will being pursuit of a master’s degree in emerging media design and development at Ball State in the fall.

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